Milah Fisher returns to the hospital unit that saved her life
A one-year-old girl returned to the neonatal unit that saved her life to thank them by giving the unit gifts bought from her parents’ fundraising.
Milah Fisher was born three months premature in March last year – weighing three pounds and three ounces and spent 94 days on the ward, after suffering with a collapsed lung and being put on a ventilator.
Leanne and Mark Fisher, Milah’s parents, from Stanton decided to raise money for the unit at their workplace UK Power Networks in Bury St Edmunds.
Milah was cared for in a hospital in King’s Lynn before being transferred to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury.
Leanne said: “The neonatal ward not only saved Milah’s life and gave her exceptional care, they also gave myself and my husband Mark amazing support and care throughout our journey. We fundraised in honour of her first birthday as a thank you.”
The couple organised a bake sale and raffle which raised £450, and bought gifts that included, sterilisers, white noise machines, sensory cot bumpers, 40 bibs, 20 comforters and colouring books and crayons, which will be provided for siblings.
Karen Ranson, West Suffolk Hospital manager of the neonatal unit, said: “Thank you to everyone who helped raise the money for Leanne to buy so many items for the neonatal unit. We rely on the generosity of donations from families and their friends to buy things considered to be non-essential, but these items help make an often very emotional time a little easier for the parents and siblings.”
Leanne added: “Literally, me and my husband owe the doctors and nurses our lives, there is no words in this world. What they did for us , we can’t thank them enough and will continue to do so.”
Leanne, Mark are planning to fundraise for the unit every year on Milah’s birthday, to mark how grateful they are to the staff and hospital.